Sri. Damal Krishnaswamy Nagarajan (DKN) was born in Kanchipuram, India to Damal Krishnaswamy Dikshidar and Rajammal. He had his initial training in carnatic music from his elder sister Sangeeta Kalanidhi Sreemati. D.K. Pattamal (DKP).
D.K. Nagarajan was fortunate to be associated with many stalwarts like Sri.V.C. Vaithyanathan (disciple of Ariyakudi) Sri. N.S. Krishnaswami Ayyangar (disciple of Naina Pllai), Prof.P. Sambamurthi Iyer, Sri. Ambi Dikshadar, Justice T.L.Vekatarama Iyer, Sri. Papanasam Sivan, Harikesanallur Sri Muthaih Bhagavathar. DKN benefited from the tutelage he received from the above-mentioned vidwans.
During the period of 1930 - 1950, D.K. Nagarajan accompanied DKP in concerts both in India and abroad; and subsequently with his brother Sangeeta Kalanidhi. Sri. D.K. Jayaraman.In 1971. he was posted to the Indian Embassy, Washington, DC, U.S.A. and he commenced teaching carnatic music in the Washington metropolitan area since then.
Awards and Honors
Sri. DKN has received several awards and accolades in his early age at his
schools and college
- Recipient of best music teacher in U.S.A. award bestowed by Aradhana Committee, Cleveland State University and Siva Vishnu Temple of Greater Cleveland in1997
- Honoured for his services to Carnatic Music in North America by Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, India in 1999
- Recipient of honors and awards from Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Lanham, MD; Sri Murugan Temple of North America, Lanham, MD; Tamil Association of Washington and Baltimore; Tamil Nadu Foundation of North America.